Segway Down

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Segway Down, originally uploaded by LenEdgerly.

I’ve owned a Segway for several years and have never had a serious fall–until this afternoon. I was tooling along 16th Street near Union Station in downtown Denver, listening to Leo Laporte’s This Week in Tech (TWIT) podcast. Suddenly, a curb. I bounced off it at an angle, which threw me off balance and sent the Segway skittering out of my control across the street. Luckily, there was no person or vehicle in its path, and my injuries were confined to a cut knee and torn pants. The Segway was operable, so I continued on to my haircut and received first aid from Tracy at Higdon’s Hair Salon, 2523 16th Street.

On the way home, though, the damn thing simply quit, with a shiver of its shaft and a flickering out of the round control light. As if my pride were not beat up enough, I had to push the contraption six blocks home.

Moral of the story: No more listening to podcasts on my iPhone while riding the Segway. I think I’ll even give up music.

Be careful out there.

UPDATE: I love Leo Laporte’s spin on the Segway spill here.

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